Stormwater Funds to Pay for 10th Avenue North Project
Money from a monthly fee paid by all property owners will be used to finance a new storm sewer that will serve 22 homes on 10th Avenue North, following a decision by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday.
Mayor Matt Bemrich, who was critical of the decision, said the move would consume 5 percent of the annual stormwater utility revenue and could result in other projects being delayed.
As originally planned two years ago, most of the cost of the 10th Avenue North job would have been paid for with assessments added to the property tax bills of the people whose land would be served by the new storm sewer.
In 2010, the city government borrowed $150,000 via a general obligation bond issue to pay for the work. The proposed assessments were to pay off that debt.